Westoe Colliery was one of many mining areas in the North East. Westoe had its own brewery until the 1960s. The Jarrow Brewing Company of nearby Jarrow purchased the former Chameleon pub in Westoe, opening it as The Maltings. From 2006 they expanded their microbrewery output by installing a facility below this pub, producing 100 barrels a week. The Great North Eastern Brewing Company now produces many of those classic recipes.